Becoming Transparent to Heal and Love

October 13, 2014

Four Parts Of My Story, Bringing My Story To Jesus, Marcia Carole

In order to heal and genuinely love others, and receive love, it is important to tell our stories.  This type of art has been very beneficial to me, and to many I have served through the art making. Safe people can speak truth, love, forgiveness, worth and value, correction and love into our stories as we tell them. Healing may begin as we expose and release dark parts of our stories by bringing them into the light, thus taking their power and shame away.

The same four parts of my story, told with stamped symbols.

It is important to share our stories so we can gain clarity and understanding for parts that are troubling, shameful, and confusing.  We can do the work of growing up and healing in areas where we have remained stuck in hurt and shame. The art helps the hidden become visible without using words. Then as our stories are shared, we can ask for prayer from others and healing and forgiveness from God.

A third example of my story, Marcia Carole

Four questions you may ask for participants to fill in the four quadrants around the cross are:
Can you tell me about your beginnings?
When was a time you celebrated in your story?
When was it hard in your story?
What do you hope for your story?

Using a little house to represent me in my story, Marcia Carole

The art making can be a powerful bridge to release trauma, since trauma is stored in the non-verbal parts of the brain. Participants begin to move along in their stories, and they often see how courageous they have been. We can feel empowered to forgive, let go of shame and grow up as a result of telling our stories. As one translator once told me, "I didn't know art could be so powerful."

“This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Preparing For Gideon Collage

October 10, 2014

Gideon Collage, Marcia Carole

This project goes with the study of Gideon. I'll be teaching this one next week, so I am preparing 8 inch squares, painted papers and magazine pictures for the women to use. The account of Gideon and his work can be found in Judges 6. We meet him cowering in a wine press, secretly threshing wheat. Gideon views himself as alone, afraid and small. You can read his story here in Judges 6 in the Bible.

The four questions to ask for the four q...

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Preparing For Haiti

October 10, 2014

Noah's Ark Card, Front Side, Marcia Carole, Mixed Media

I am preparing, along with a team of very special women, to serve women and children in Haiti at the end of October/November. I hope to read my Noah's ark collaged book to a group of children who live in Cité Soleil, the dump in Port Au Prince. My church has established a school in the dump, where we will visit 100 students. I can't imagine what this experience will be like!

The team has several things planned for the students, including ...

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Connecticut Training

October 7, 2014

Marcia Carole Teaching Psalm 23 in Connecticut

At the close of September, I had the opportunity to travel to Connecticut for a week to participate in training leaders, with art tools, to collage personal stories and the Bible. Marge Malwitz ( and I served four women leaders, in Marge's amazing teaching studio...

Marge, teaching in her studio about essence and abstract art.

Marge, sharing God's Story quilt.

We challenged the women to just feel, not think their art - going abstract...

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Watercolor Batik - First Try

September 21, 2014

I began the watercolor batik process by drawing a sketch of a scene I had photographed in Lucca, Italy. Then, I transferred the drawing, with a black sharpie, onto special rice paper - Ginwashi rice paper. I lightly adhere the drawing on rice paper to the waxed side of butcher paper, that has been wrapped around a board.

Now, I am ready for layers of paint, beginning with light colors and going to dark, protected, by layers of hot wax, as I want. The colors I want to keep, as is, I cover with ...
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"Essence" in Art Making

September 19, 2014
I've had a wonderful visit from a friend, Trisha, from Seattle. Trisha also uses art to engage story, and she really seems to thrive when making her art. While she was with me, she collaged Psalm 23 without any words or pictures; just painted papers. It was quite a stretch, but she did an excellent job. We discussed trying to get to the "essence" of a concept, object or thought when making art. Let's start with a definition of essence -  the basic nature of a thing : the quality or qualities ...
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Art In The Church!

September 10, 2014

It is such a gift to have the artists welcomed in the church to share their form of worship and to minister to others through their gifting. This doesn't happen much in America, so I am very thankful for the churches I have been a part of which allow the artists to have a voice.

The art work from several artists at Village 7 Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs. I am looking forward to becoming good friends with these artists!

The piece I created when thinking about Nebuchadnezzer's life.

The p...
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Moving and Loneliness

September 1, 2014

God Moves Noah, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Funny that I should be working on an art book on Noah, a man whom God dramatically saved and "moved" to the top of a mountain in the middle of a flooded earth. No Neighbors, no friends, no church, no support groups. He was truly starting anew. And, well, he did it. That's encouraging.

I've been fighting loneliness by trying hard to throw myself into church services, Sunday School classes, art gatherings, an art conference and more, all the while feelin...

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Finishing Noah And Trying To Breath In Colorado

August 28, 2014

I am limping to the finish line, or rather the starting line, of my healthcare kicking in here in Colorado Springs. (Moving stops and starts all sorts of things!) My allergy issues have kicked up a notch with new weeds and pollens, and they have hampered breathing in my new location. My Colorado healthcare begins September 1st, and I hope to meet with an allergist shortly thereafter. When fighting cancer, you really want some oxygen to work with! 

I am also at the finish line for making art fo...

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One Man's Story

August 24, 2014

One Man's Story, Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media, Marcia Carole

Here is Nebuchadnezzar's story in shapes and colors. I can't photograph it without distortion, but you get the idea. The first section represents his life before his pride was full, and the little black rectangle in the green space represents the moment he declared he had created everything and was responsible for his glory. The second section, the mostly black panel, represents the 7 years Neb lived as an animal, and then God reac...

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About Me

Marcia Carole It is my pleasure to help many to process their stories by using a variety of art forms. The art reaches non-verbal parts of the brain, where trauma is stored. Healing may take place through the art-making. By sharing our stories, we become known. Instead of running from our stories, we embrace them and see how God can redeem them and use them.
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